So now for the second instalment of our creative inspiration list! Rather than focusing on applications, products and services, this blog includes some ‘raw’ inspiration in the form of art installations, musical devices and articles.
Gates mates innovate: Bill Gates is trying to ‘reinvent’ the toilet by running events to find one that is better at preventing death and disease in the developing world. An amazing initiative in its own right, but also inspirational to see such a successful innovator continuing to look to the next great innovation, and for the benefit of people in great need.
LED is 50: ‘And you know what? This isn’t the end’- Nick Holonyak, another great innovator who hasn’t slowed up. The LED, a device that is only just now starting to be properly used and exploited to its full potential. It’s now 50 years old and the man who created it is still around to talk about it.
Top 20 TED: This is simply a 20 long list of some of the best TED talks online. If you don’t know what TED is then congratulations on discovering such an amazing resource, now go check it out.
Wonderful wind installation: Yes, I admit it’s a rather abstract form of inspiration, but this is an ingenious and beautiful way of showing the constantly changing and undulating movement of the wind.
Rain activated art: Along a similar vein is this rain activated street art found in Hartford, Connecticut. It comprises of an image of Charles DeWolf Brownell’s “The Charter Oak” sprayed onto the side of a building in a substance that only shows with the presence of water.
Metro moving monsters Even more street art! And perhaps my favourite, is Joshua Allen Harris’ Inflatable Bag Monsters. Made from nothing more than duct tape and black bin liners, these wonderful blow up creations are taped to the subway air vents in New York City and come to life with every subway train that passes beneath them. Simple, yet ingenious.
3D printing power Now you’ve probably heard about 3D printers finally going on the market for domestic use, an expensive toy that might make you a yellow plastic ship or a tiny vase? I’ll bet you never imagined something this creative and impressive coming out of one. There are no words… so just click on the link and prepare to be amazed!
Sequencing record player Now for something a little more musical I present to you the hippest sequencer on the market. Forget Reason and Logic (no pun intended, these are genuine composition tools!), this is just a record player and a pen.
Colour sensing pen A slightly more high tech use of a pen comes in the form of this colour sensing one. It allows you to scan the colour of anything you can find with one end of the device, and then draw in that exact same colour with the other end.
Virtual vibration keyboard: Now I couldn’t resist doing a blog without at least one thing smart phone related, so here goes. This app makes use of a phones accelerometer to pick up vibrations from a finger tapping on a table. The result is literally a virtual keyboard, so that the user can happily tap away on nothing more than a table top, in order to input text to their phone. It could be the end of clumsy thumbs and small screens getting in the way of comfortably writing texts and emails on mobile phones.
2 BONUS LINKS – congratulations on getting this far without getting distracted by all that creative inspiration! As a reward here are 2 final links that will truly blow your mind.
Self-healing substance This is a material created by combining nickel particles with a plastic polymer; the results are a malleable substance with excellent conductivity. Now what’s so great about that? Well as it happens the material can also heal itself at room temperature, meaning that you can cut it, and 30 minutes later it will be as good as new, ready for you to cut it again. The possibilities are endless, whether it is applied to gadgets, prosthetics or electronics.
Wires for your brain Let’s finish on something truly extraordinary. These are micro-threads, so thin that they can be coated in proteins stopping them from being rejected by the body. This means that they could provide long lasting connections to the brain. We can’t even begin to imagine all the possibilities that this offers, from controlling prosthetics for the paralysed, to computer-chipped human calculators. Forget Facebook, soon you will be logging onto Brainbook with nothing more than a thought.
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